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About the Author

Therese Borchard is the author of hit daily blog "Beyond Blue" on Beliefnet.com, one of the most popular columns on the site. Her blog appears weekly on The Huffington Post, and she is becoming a top go-to expert in pop psychology. Her work has recently been cited in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Her work has been featured in salon.com, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Redbook, Parenting, More and Ladies Home Journal.

Borchard writes a syndicated column for the Catholic News Service and is a regular guest on Sirius Satellite Radio.

She is the author of I Love Being a Mom (a Target selection) and co-author of I Like Being Catholic.

She resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two young children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599952998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599952994
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Therese Borchard is the author of hit daily blog "Beyond Blue" on Beliefnet.com, one of the most popular columns on the site. Her blog appears weekly on The Huffington Post, and she is becoming a top go-to expert in pop psychology. Her work has recently been cited in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.Her work has been featured in salon.com, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Redbook, Parenting,More and Ladies Home Journal.Borchard writes a syndicated column for the Catholic News Service and is a regular guest on Sirius Satellite Radio.She is the author of I Love Being a Mom (a Target selection) and co-author of I Like Being Catholic.She resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two young children.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By LegalBeagle on April 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Therese Borchard, author of The Pocket Therapist, is on a mission "to educate folks about mental illness and to offer support to those persons, like myself who struggle with mood disorders, but [to give support] with a sense of humor." Although Borchard is not a licensed therapist she is a self educated expert on mental illness. Borchard notes that before recovering she had "worked with six psychiatrists, experimented with twenty-one medication combinations, and tried every alternative therapy out there: yoga, acupuncture, homeopathic remedies; Chinese herbs, magnets, visualization techniques, mediation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy." Wow!

As part of her mission, Borchard wrote The Pocket Therapist as a self described "sanity file." Each section is 1-2 pages and addresses a specific topic for dealing with the day-to-day issues that arise between therapy sessions. Like a cheat sheet before a particularly exacting final exam, The Pocket Therapist fills a much needed void for those who are suffering.

Reading The Pocket Therapist is like quaffing coffee with a good friend who has been to hell and back, but still can joke about having the T shirt to wear!

Publisher: Center Street (April 15, 2010), 224 pages.
Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mrs.CH3 on April 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I already had the opportunity to review one book by Therese which really changed my life, Beyond Blue. The Pocket Therapist is yet another resource by Therese sure to help any person struggling with depression, anxiety or anyone just looking for a little reassurance in their everyday life.

This book is exactly what Therese titled it, a pocket therapist. Keep it in your purse and if you are like me, you can highlight or tab your favorite tips in order to easily access them when necessary. Therese offers you short, quick tips from lessons that she has learned to help in a number of situations.

For Example:

#97- Untie the strings:

"A set of high expectations is almost always guaranteed to deliver- overnight, no extra charge- a carton of suffering... By lowering my standards- both with others and myself- I gave my brain a better shot at optimism and sanity..."

#110: Err on the side of compassion:

"It's more important to be peaceful and happy than it is to be right...loving relationships don't operate like a Judge Judy show. They're often lopsided, with one person doing the majority of the giving and forgiving...you can invest your time into loving a person in the fullest way possible, even if she can't repay you or love you back as well."

This is genius. I think a lot of people need to meditate on that quote. We spend so much time wanting other people to love us this way, or do things that way. Love a person for who they are and don't worry so much about fighting with them and trying to change them into who you want them to be. Which coincides with something Therese says here:

#11- Love them anyway:

"You need only concern yourself about your side of the friendship, marriage or golf foursome...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By knittingmom VINE VOICE on April 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Therese Borchard has done it again! Her latest book, The Pocket Therapist is astonishingly brilliant, filled with insight, advise and wit as no one other than Borchard can deliver. The Pocket Therapist is an, as Borchard calls it, "emotional CliffsNotes" complied from her vast years as a patient. Each page delivers a reality check for whatever may ail the reader at the moment or merely leading the reader support. From facing fears, to being sincere Borchard leaves no stone unturned and makes certain she adds in her wonderful sense of humour along with advise and quite often personal stories. Borchard reminds the readers to listen to their bodies, be true to themselves, keep a journal, be happy, and learn to say no, to name just a few of her 144 pieces of support. Sometimes, the simplest things in life prove to be the most difficult to accomplish, which makes this book so handy to carry around. The Pocket Therapist is the perfect companion for anyone, for we all need a reality check or a reminder of how to cope through a situation, even if it as simple as being reminded to breathe.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've had Therese Borchard's new book The Pocket Therapist for about 3 weeks now. It's not the kind of book you pick up and plow through, rather it's a thoughtful read, to be enjoyed a page at a time.

The behind the scene story on this book is compelling. Therese suffered (s) from depression and anxiety. The Pocket Therapist is a compilation of techniques and thoughts garnered from her own experiences, including hospitalizations, medication tribulations and sessions with different psychiatrists. Much of it was pulled from twelve years of journaling..

The result is a thought provoking collection of 142 short essays that will leave you feeling refreshed, encouraged and ready to face whatever has slowed you down. Interspersed with philosophy references and lots of personal experiences, this little volume is chock full of good advice and coping strategies that everyone could take advantage of.

Be quiet, take baby steps, begin again, befriend yourself and keep showing up are just a few of the headings. I'll be keeping this book in a handy place to just pick up and read at random. Lots of great food for thought!
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